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S&W PERFORMANCE CENTER SW1911 PRO SERIES

MANUFACTURER: SMITH & WESSON (DEPT. AR), 2100 ROOSEVELT AVE.,
SPRINGFIELD, MA 01104; (800) 331-0852; SMITH-WESSON.COM
6.9 "

Checkering on
both its frontstrap
and mainspring
housing, along
with coarsely
stippled stock
panels, helped
ensure a firm grip
on the SW1911
during firing.

SW1911
UFC0000

S&W SPRINGFIELD, MA
U.S.A.

3 "
4.88 "
MAGAZINE: EIGHT-ROUND
DETACHABLE BOX

serve the user quite well in a defensive
scenario. The unit on our test SW1911
Pro also features an adjustable overtravel stop, as well as three holes cut
into the trigger to cut weight.
Out on the range, the pistol ran
with the sort of reliability one should
expect from an M1911 intended for
daily carry, thanks in no small part to
the gun's full-length guide rod. This is
further aided by S&W's inclusion of a
dual-recoil-spring system that, rather
than nesting two springs together, is
based around a stepped design, with a
larger spring around a front guiderod sleeve, and a smaller one running
along the narrow rod's full length.
Lining up shots was easy with the
handgun's popular three-dot sighting
setup-a white-dot front sight paired
with a two-dot rear, both dovetailed
into the slide. We found the pistol to
deliver more-than-adequate accuracy for
a defensive handgun. Three loads were
run through the gun for accuracy testing: Hornady's 124-gr. Critical Duty +P
FlexLock, Speer's 115-gr. Gold Dot Hollow
Point and 115-gr. PMC Bronze FMJ.
The Speer Gold Dots performed most
accurately, with an impressive average
group size of 0.85 " at 7 yds. The other
two loads also grouped well, with the

ACTION TYPE:
RECOIL-OPERATED,
SEMI-AUTOMATIC,
CENTER-FIRE PISTOL
CHAMBERING:
9 MM LUGER
SLIDE: STAINLESS STEEL
FRAME: SCANDIUM ALLOY
BARREL: STAINLESS
STEEL; FIVE-GROOVE,
1:18.75 " RH TWIST

SIGHTS: THREE-DOT,
DRIFT-ADJUSTABLE
TRIGGER:
SINGLE-ACTION;
5-LB., 15-OZ. PULL
WIDTH: 1.39 "
WEIGHT: 26 OZS.
ACCESSORIES: OWNER'S
MANUAL, HARD
CASE, EXTRA
MAGAZINE, LOCK
MSRP: $1,370

SHOOTING RESULTS (7 YDS.)

9 MM LUGER
CARTRIDGE

VEL. @ 2'
(F.P.S.)

ENERGY
(FT.-LBS.)

GROUP SIZE (INCHES)
LARGEST
AVERAGE
SMALLEST

HORNADY CRITICAL DUTY
124-GR. FLEXLOCK +P

1084 AVG.
9 SD

324

0.92

1.50

1.15

PMC BRONZE
115-GR. FMJ

1012 AVG.
14 SD

261

1.20

2.18

1.70

SPEER GOLD DOT
115-GR. GDHP

1113 AVG.
7 SD

316

0.75

1.04

0.85
1.23

AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD

N OTES: MEASURED AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR 10 SHOTS THROUGH A CALDWELL BALLISTIC
P RECISION CHRONOGRAPH AT 2 FT . ACCURACY RESULTS FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE, FIVE -SHOT
GROUPS AT 7 YDS ., FROM A S TONEY P OINT BAG REST . T EMPERATURE : 83o F. H UMIDITY :
87%. ABBREVIATIONS: FMJ (FULL METAL JACKET ), GDHP (G OLD DOT HOLLOW POINT ),
SD (STANDARD DEVIATION ).

Hornady Critical Dutys managing a 1.15 "
average group size, and the practice PMC
ammunition producing a 1.70 " fivegroup average. Our chronograph testing
revealed velocities between 1012 f.p.s.
and 1113 f.p.s.-not bad results for a
3 " -barreled subcompact pistol.
We did have one small gripe with
our test pistol; in an apparent overabundance of caution, S&W sprung
the grip safety so tightly that an
especially firm grip was needed in
order to deactivate it. It was not a
major concern, and this does not
appear to be a common problem with
the model in general, but our sample

would benefit from a trip to the local
gunsmith to lighten things up a bit.
The S&W Performance Center
SW1911 Pro Series is an excellent choice
for any shooter looking for a carryable
M1911, but who is unwilling to put up
with the recoil (or ammunition price) of
a standard .45 ACP-chambered
version. The reliability and
accuracy of the pistol
makes it a fine option for
everyday carry, and its
9 mm Luger chambering
makes it pleasant
to practice with all
year 'round.

The pistol's sights (l.) are in the common three-white-dot pattern, and
both are drift-adjustable for windage. A manual thumb safety on the
right side of the gun (r.) makes it usable by southpaw shooters.
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